Your conduit to the spirit world, La Cieca, isn’t feeling quite as clairvoyante as usual today, cher public, so she’s going to ask your help in predicting what will happen in the course of the Met’s current labor negotiations. Read more »
“The award-winning MET Orchestra’s global reputation as a top-tier ensemble is critical to New York City’s tourism and cultural economy,” begins a statement by, you guessed it, the Met Orchestra and AFM Local 802. They proceed to present their case that the company is mismanaged under Peter Gelb, and La Cieca will leave it as an exercise for the reader to interpret the statistics and charts they produce. [Report (PDF)]
Oh, Christ, can you fucking believe a spokesperson for the Met chorus is still clanking on about the price of the poppy field in Prince Igor? [Wall Street Journal]
The battle of the management-labor emails continues with Alan Gordon demanding Peter Gelb fire his driver.
Alan Gordon replies to a letter from Peter Gelb we haven’t seen yet. La Cieca has to wonder if the Wendy White thing is really going to turn out to be an effective negotiating tactic.
The Met has released what the press office calls “background financial information” relevant to the company’s ongoing union negotiations.
This just landed in La Cieca’s inbox: “We regret to inform you that Lyric Opera of Chicago season is in peril. Yesterday Lyric advised us that if we do not accept their one year demand for a two week reduction of employment, an elimination of wage parity with the orchestra, and an additional 5.2 % reduction in salaries that they will lock out AGMA members on Monday, August 22, 2011.”